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Anthony Clark Jr., Sports Editor

Track and field prepares for second competition of season

Following a restful break after their season-opener on Dec. 9, the Grand Valley State University track and field team will host the GVSU Bob Eubanks Open this upcoming weekend.

The Lakers are coming off a huge 2021-22 season as the defending 2022 NCAA Indoor Track National Champions and will hope to continue this triumphant feat this season.

GVSU’s upcoming competition will be held in Allendale on Jan. 14 starting at 2 p.m.

Three Laker football players named to Division II All-American lists

After a historic 11-0 regular season and an upsetting quarterfinals loss in the NCAA DII Playoffs, the GVSU football team continues to be recognized for their dominant play on the turf in the 2022 season.

Sophomore corner Nyzier Fourqurean, who recorded three interceptions in the second round of the playoffs against Northwest Missouri State (the last being the game-sealing turnover), was named to the D2Football.com Second-Team All-American list. Fourqurean also recorded 37 tackles throughout the season while adding a team-high 14 pass break-ups.

Junior linebacker Abe Swanson and Senior offensive tackle Quinton Barrow were both named to the website’s First-Team All-American list as Swanson was also deemed GLIAC Defensive Back of the Year while Barrow was attributed the GLIAC Offensive Back of the Year title.

Men’s and women’s hockey clubs focus on return to regular season action

With a two-week hiatus behind them, all three programs have different goals in mind in order to make a strong push to the second half of the season.

In their first 15 matches, the women’s club has just four wins under their belts as they look to snap their ice-cold losing streak of three games against either McKendree University on Jan. 12 or Maryville University on Jan. 14. Both matches will be hosted by the Lakers at the Griff’s Georgetown Ice Arena.

The DIII men’s club is also facing similar issues as they face Concordia University Ann Arbor in a back-to-back matchup starting Jan. 13-14. Even though the club is currently riding a three-game losing streak as well, their current regular-season record still shows promise as it stands at 14-5. 

Lastly, the DI men’s club has continued excellent play on the ice this season with a 21-5 record and a familiar opponent up next in a back-to-back matchup as well (Calvin University). The team’s last win was against this opponent (4-2 Dec. 10) as they managed to tie the season series 1-1 after an upsetting 0-5 shutout put on by the Knights on Oct. 15.

The Lakers will play their two-game stand against the Knights Jan. 13-14.